Illinois marathon | Women's race: After 16 months off, new mom captures win

CHAMPAIGN — Misiker Demessie hadn't run a marathon in 16 months, taking time off to have her first child.

Welcome back. With a flourish.

Illinois Marathon | Many reasons why people run

Plenty of folks from near and far compete in Saturday's events ... and preps coordinator Colin Likas was on the scene to hear their stories

CHAMPAIGN — Stacy Welch has been a runner for many years, by her own admission.

Men's marathon: Tie goes to the runners

CHAMPAIGN — You can't make this stuff up.

Late in Saturday's Illinois Marathon, Tesfaalem Mehari chased down Wilson K. Chemweno.

As they neared the finish line, Mehari dove to get even with Chemweno.

Who won? Both.

After looking at photos and videos of the finish, Illinois Marathon officials declared the race a tie. Each of the runners will get a first-place plaque.

Ebertfest 2018: Day 2

Movie lovers flocked to the Virginia Theatre on day two of the 20th Annual Eberfest event in Champaign on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Mahomet boy determined to not let gender keep him from playing volleyball

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Among the sea of spandex and ponytails, the only boy at Prime Time Volleyball Club tryouts couldn't be missed.

Amish-themed attraction continues to take shape

CHESTERVILLE — In the heart of East Central Illinois' Amish country, thousands of visitors pull off Interstate 57 to see horse-drawn black buggies and other vestiges of a lifestyle different from their own.

Now, a new attraction under development between Chesterville and Arthur could help boost tourism in this region even more.

Tech center in heart of Chicago taking shape

CHICAGO — The announcement was big and bold: a $1.2 billion investment in the heart of Chicago to create a cutting-edge research institute led by the University of Illinois that will anchor a new "innovation network" across the state.

VIDEO: Scenes from first day of UI GEO's strike

Striking members of the University of Illinois Graduate Employees Organization picketed buildings on the Quad and held a rally that drew a large crowd at midday Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Foellinger Auditorium.

GEO: Strike begins tomorrow

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the University of Illinois Graduate Employees Organization will be going on strike Monday morning.

On Sunday afternoon union members agreed to the strike following 11 months of unsuccessful bargaining with the UI administration.

Willard Airport flew higher in 2017

SAVOY — When Willard Airport added United flights to Chicago last June, officials hoped they wouldn't take away passengers from American.

So far they haven't.

American Airlines' load factor, which is roughly the percentage of seats filled on each flight from Willard, increased from 80.2 percent in 2016 to 81.5 last year.